When making resolutions for the new year, people tend to think about big areas of their lives that they’d like to improve, renew, or begin. Most commonly, individuals vow to eat healthier, relax more, or practice more self-care—all fantastic ways to improve your overall health and quality of life, especially when the next 365 days are leading up to the big day.
Within your 2018 self-care routines, these beauty resolutions are definitely worth considering, especially for brides-to-be. They’re easy to conquer and promise a big payoff, too. Think of them as less "new year, new you" and more "you, but better!"
Here are the beauty resolutions you can make for an extra gorgeous 2018.
Take Off Your Makeup Every Day—No Matter What!
At the end of a long day, who can wait to collapse on the couch in your coziest sweats and tune out the world until bed time? The struggle is real. Unfortunately, if your nighttime routine doesn’t include washing your face and properly removing your makeup, you can be damaging your complexion big time. Cleansing your face at the end of the day is imperative to not only remove makeup, but also oils, environmental toxins, dead skin, bacteria, and any other gunk that can clog your pores. To make this easier, consider leaving cleansing towelettes by your nightstand for no-excuses.
Don’t Overdo the Dry Shampoo
Wedding planning takes up much of your already busy schedule. So, if the idea of washing and drying your hair either before or after a long day seems exhausting, we get it. Thanks to the magic of dry shampoo, many of us are now skipping washes in exchange for a spritz of the magical powder that can freshen your look in seconds. Just be careful not to overdo it. Routinely washing and conditioning of your hair is essential to its health, and too much dry shampoo can build up in your scalp, creating less than ideal conditions like clogged pores and dryness. Some dry shampoos can also contain chemicals that are less than ideal, so be sure to read their labels, and use them sparingly.
Whether you know it or not, the sun’s damaging rays can be just as harmful in the winter as they are in the summer. Even during a quick morning commute or coffee run, the rays can damage unprotected skin. To ensure you’re always armed, incorporate SPF into your daily routine. Whether it’s applied separately or you use an SPF-containing moisturizer, you’ll be proactive in preventing sun spots, premature aging, and skin cancer.
Don’t Pop Your Pimples
We know it’s tempting and often oh-so satisfying to try to take matters into your own hands when faced with a pimple (or three), but do your best to resist the urge. Improper popping or extracting blackheads can lead to inflammation, infection scarring, and discomfort—something nobody wants to deal with, especially brides. Instead, try drying lotions or the gift of time, and if it persists, consult a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician.
See More: 4 Ways to Love Yourself in the New Year
Use the Professionals
Beauty regrets happen—they’re a part of life. But especially with a wedding coming up, certain things are best left to the professionals. Avoid over- or under-plucking by having your brows threaded or waxed by an expert. Instead of at–home peels, extractions, or facials, head to an aesthetician or dermatologist for the ultimate experience. And as your wedding approaches, vow to have luxurious manicures and pedicures at a reputable nail salon, instead of at-home DIY efforts and of course, any pre-wedding hair color changes should be left to professional stylists. While it may seem like added expenses (they are), it’s typically true that you get what you pay for.